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Residents evacuated after landslides

Update: August, 17/2018 - 17:00
Tạ Hữu Bình, a resident of Tumơrông Village, examines a large crack in his house. — Photo baotintuc.vn
Viet Nam News

KON TUM — More than 100 households in Tu Thó Village in the Central Highlands (Tây Nguyên) Province of Kon Tum were evacuated from areas at risk of land erosion, reported online newspaper baotintuc.vn.

The evacuation was expected to be completed today.

So far, the district has evacuated 71 households from two villages of Tu Thó and Tumơrông to safer areas.

Prolonged heavy rains have already caused landslides in the two villages.

A crack appeared on a hill behind Tu Thó Village, causing a mudslide which destroyed six homes.

“More cracks have started to appear which has caused residents to worry,” said Trần Công Hồng, vice chairman of Tê Xăng Commune.

“The local government has evacuated 43 households from dangerous areas. But the cracks have become bigger, so we plan to move the whole village,” he said.

In Tumơrông Village, on Wednesday and Thursday, cracks appeared around the village and a landslide destroyed three houses. With the support of the local government, the villagers moved to safety.

Lâm Trường Sơn, party secretary of Tumơrông Commune, said the crack was 1km long, causing damage to people’s houses and communal offices.

Although residents were moved, the new locations were still not safe due to continuing erosion, said Sơn.

According to the local government, it was difficult to find stable resettlement for the evacuated residents. — VNS

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